Director: Judd Apatow
Cast: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson
Release Date: Available on Blu-Ray & DVD November 10, 2015
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 8.5/10
Disc Rating: 9.5/10
Since she was a little girl, Amy (Amy Schumer) has been taught that monogamy isn’t realistic. Now a magazine writer, Amy lives by that credo, enjoying an uninhibited life free from stifling, boring romantic commitment. But when she finds herself starting to fall for the subject of a new article she’s writing, a charming and successful sports doctor (Bill Hader), Amy starts to wonder if other grown-ups, including this guy who really seems to like her, might be onto something.
Ever since her parents’ divorce when she was still a young girl, Amy (Schumer) has been thoroughly convinced that monogamy isn’t a realistic concept, thanks largely to her father’s consistently hammering the idea into her head. Now an adult working as a magazine writer and living life one day at a time, usually inebriated and constantly sleeping around, she’s become content in her way of doing things. That is until an article she’s assigned to write about a sports doctor (Hader) causes her to rethink her lifestyle and the choices she has believed for so long as she begins to realize that she might be truly falling for the man. Naturally this initiates a rollercoaster of laughs and emotion as Amy does her best to cope with what to her is an unusual phenomenon.
Directed by Judd Apatow (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Funny People) and written by comedian Amy Schumer, Apatow does a solid job as always at the helm of ‘Trainwreck’ although while I can’t say I’m overly familiar with Schumer’s other work in general, this film definitely feels to be more prominently an Amy Schumer film than a Judd Apatow film, although it certainly fits in nicely with Apatow’s previous efforts as well. Schumer does a fantastic job with the script, and she does an impressive job in the lead role as well, perfectly complimented by a cast comprised of some talented and perfectly selected individuals including Bill Hader, Brie Larson and many more, along with John Cena and LeBron James who are shockingly hilarious and steal the show in every scene they occupy.
‘Trainwreck’ is a film encompassing many different genres, a party film, a love story and a raunchy comedy among others all compiled into one, with Amy Schumer front and center for the whole ride, (almost) always with one wisecrack or another suitably fitting any given situation. It’s definitely not every film that can have you laughing near constantly for large periods of time, and then moments later nearing tears from the emotional overload. It always wears its raunchy humor proudly yet is never afraid to get more down to earth and tackle some very real issues which are also handled quite gracefully. Overall, ‘Trainwreck’ is not only hilarious and fun, it’s an incredibly good film and a notable writing debut for the talented Amy Schumer; I would definitely recommend this one for those who don’t mind a fair quantity of raunchy humor.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Trainwreck’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks magnificent, delivering a sharp, detailed and generally gorgeous presentation from start to end, holding up impressively even during the fast moving sequences or those with a plethora of content sharing the screen, never resulting in anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a solid high definition video presentation that should easily have the masses satisfied.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack holds up wonderfully, providing a clean, discrete and smooth audio presentation throughout, utilizing all five available channels on a number of occasions, such as with crowd noise during the frequently populated scenes or sports events, along with music and numerous other auditory elements, while never resulting in any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible at any point. Overall, this is a solid 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that delivers in every way required of it and shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Trainwreck’ is absolutely jam-packed with hours of hilarious extras. Included on the release is an Audio Commentary featuring Director Judd Apatow, Writer/Star Amy Schumer and Associate Producer Kim Caramele. Also included on the release are a number of ‘Deleted Scenes’ (running approximately 46 minutes altogether), plus ‘Extended/Alternate Scenes’ on top of that (approximately 49 minutes altogether), along with a ‘Gag Reel’ (13 minutes), ‘Line-O-Rama’s’ (8 minutes), and some short and fun videos including ‘Secrets of the Wu’ with Method Man (2 minutes), and ‘The Dogwalker’ (4 minutes). We are additionally treated to ‘Behind the Scenes’ footage (running approximately a whopping 1 hour 29 and minutes), ‘Directing Athletes: A Blood Sport’ (10 minutes) and footage from multiple stops on the ‘Trainwreck Comedy Tour’ (totaling approximately 77 minutes altogether, although one 53 minute segment is Audio Only). The ‘Red Band Trailer’ for the film is also included.